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Hanson Site in North Carolina Faces Expansion Opposition

A proposal by Hanson Aggregates Southeast, a division of Germany-based HeidelbergCement Group, to rezone an area near North Raleigh, N.C., is facing community opposition. The proposal would allow Hanson to expand its granite quarry west into 142 acres of land owned by a housing developer.

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MSHA Releases Pattern of Violations Proposed Rule

Rulemaking Raises More Questions Than It Answers.

By Adele Abrams

On Feb. 2, 2011, the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) issued its anticipated proposal to drastically revise its Pattern of Violations (POV) criteria, aimed at allowing the agency to crack down more quickly on mine operators it deems to be “chronic violators” of mandatory standards who have “demonstrated a disregard for the safety and health of miners.”

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Managing Public Opinion

The Best Strategy is Not to Shut It Down, but Keep It Informed.

By Thomas J. Roach

The recent events in Egypt serve to remind us of the power of public opinion. In the aggregate industry public opinion brings to mind people living in close proximity to a quarry who band together to form a Not In My Back Yard group. They make emotional arguments at zoning meetings and perform endlessly for the news media. Like Egypt’s President Mubarak, we sometimes want to control public opinion and become frustrated when we cannot.

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All We Are Saying Is Give Lease a Chance

With the Volatile Economy, Leasing Equipment Can Offer an Interesting Alternative.

By Christina Schave

Prior to the recession, quarry operators may have been hesitant to lease construction equipment. Dealers heard things such as “I’m not interested in a lease” or “I want to own my equipment and use it for years.” While this still holds true for some producers, many are now entertaining leasing as a finance option.

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Finest Hour

By Randy Logsdon

The scene is Mission Control; NASA. The room can be characterized as organized chaos. In a side conversation, two NASA officials (one, the NASA director) are discussing the dim prospects of successful reentry and recovery of the Apollo 13 astronauts. It’s not promising. The scene is from the 1995 movie Apollo 13.

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